With digital fabrication, you can produce free-form shapes that would previously have been impossible with traditional methods. The process begins by generating a complex shape in 3D modeling software and then cutting it out of fabric or other materials using laser cutters to create very particular pieces which are required for each individual part being built for your project site. Our implementation of BIM-based digital fabrication for free-form building projects includes:
Prefabrication of the Project
The process begins with the decision to implement a digital prefabrication process for project management.
Digital Fabrication Process Proposal
The plan outlines the personnel required, the construction period of different tasks essential for digital fabrication, design, fabrication, on-site delivery, and installation guidelines and schedule.
Design of Free-form Part Shapes & Panels
During the design phase, a comprehensive design model is created which involves fabrication design, member fabrication, and construction.
Design of Structural System
We use insights from fabrication drawings to help us in creating a detailed structural system for your free-form building project.
BIM-based Fabrication Drawing Production
This process involves creating the fabrication model in real-time according to the project requirements. The end result is a dynamic and comprehensive BIM model that outlines the design and paves the way for material procurement and pre-fabrication material production.
Manufacturing of Pre-fab Material
Once the drawing production is complete, the subcontractors will receive detailed fabrication drawings so the manufacturing process can begin for the prefabricated materials.
Warehousing & Inspection of Material
The manufacturing process is followed by the warehousing and inspection process for ensuring quality criteria are met.
Installation & Quality Control
Before construction begins, a construction simulation is conducted for enhancing the understanding of the entire on-site process. All the prefabricated modules are gathered on the site and actual on-site construction takes place. Prior to this, a quality inspection is performed of the material to ensure minimal chances of flaws during the installation or after the project completion.